Winter Open Mic Night

On February 2nd, Pipeline hosted its annual Open Mic Night with some amazing acts of talent and an especially entertaining rendition of a Frozen song that would put Anna and Elsa to shame! It was a wonderful night filled with a variety of acts from spoken word pieces, personally written songs, to a show stopping dance.


Be sure to check out some of the performances on Pipeline’s youtube channel:


Pipeline is Hiring!

This July, our amazing AmeriCorps member Shontia Copeland-Walton will be completing her AmeriCorps term. We are now hiring a new AmeriCorps member to begin in September 2016!

Pipeline Project Ameri­Corps Mem­ber Description

TITLE: Pipeline Project Educational Equity AmeriCorps Member
TERM OF SERVICE:  Sep­tem­ber 1, 2016 – July 15, 2017

Through the University of Washington Pipeline Project, UW undergraduate volunteers provide K-12 students with tutoring and mentorship, as a means of transforming the learning and inspiring the growth of both groups of students, while addressing inequities in public education. The Pipeline Project Ameri­Corps Mem­ber will collaborate with Pipeline staff to recruit, train and sup­port stu­dent tutors and assist in over­all pro­gram devel­op­ment and implementation.

The Pipeline Project Edu­ca­tion Equity Ameri­corps Mem­ber will serve at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton in the Cen­ter for Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing and Diver­sity.  The Coor­di­na­tor will assist in the imple­men­ta­tion of a K-12 tutor­ing and men­tor­ing service-learning pro­gram to address K-12 aca­d­e­mic suc­cess and develop inno­v­a­tive strate­gies to increase vol­un­teer par­tic­i­pa­tion rates.  The Pipeline Project Ameri­corps mem­ber will receive on-site train­ing and par­tic­i­pate in Wash­ing­ton Ser­vice Corps train­ings. The Pipeline Ameri­Corps mem­ber will work col­lab­o­ra­tively with other Dream Project Ameri­corps mem­bers on cam­pus to ensure that stu­dents and part­ners can eas­ily nav­i­gate between units on cam­pus involved in edu­ca­tional equity work.

40 hours per week. Gen­eral sched­ule will be reg­u­lar busi­ness hours, Mon­day to Fri­day, 8:30 to 5pm; occa­sional evening or week­end events will be requested.


Spe­cific duties include:

  • Recruit UW student volunteers to tutor in Seattle Public Schools and community organizations. Use recruitment strategies such as presentations, tabling and social media outreach
  • Orient and guide new tutors by leading Pipeline tutor orientation trainings.
  • Provide ongoing support to tutors by sharing tutor resources, responding to tutor questions and  building community for UW tutors.
  • Oversee a group of Pipeline interns with daily recruitment tasks and weekly meetings.
  • Assist with conducting site visits and phone calls with Pipeline school partners to discuss successes and challenges with Pipeline tutors.
  • Have the opportunity to tutor K-12 students for five hours per week.
  • Collaborate with the Dream Project AmeriCorps members to design and implement occasional joint volunteer recruitment and outreach events at the UW.
  • Assist in planning Pipeline’s Alternative Spring Break project, where UW students facilitate writing, book making and environmental education workshops at K-12 schools in rural communities in Washington. Have the opportunity to be a team leader for the Alternative Spring Break project.


  • AA or BA/BS degree preferred
  • Experience working with K-12 stu­dents, col­lege stu­dents and community members of diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience and comfort with recruitment for campus programs.
  • Strong orga­ni­za­tion, problem-solving and writ­ten and oral com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.
  • Basic office com­puter skills, includ­ing word pro­cess­ing. Expe­ri­ence with spreadsheets.databases and desk­top pub­lish­ing preferred.
  • Pro­gram man­age­ment (mar­ket­ing, event plan­ning, vol­un­teer man­age­ment) experience.
  • Strong ini­tia­tive; self starter.
  • Abil­ity to cre­atively prob­lem solve. Enthu­si­asm, flex­i­bil­ity, self-direction
  • Experience as a Pipeline volunteer is a plus!BENEFITS:
  • Living stipend of $1,195 per month (before taxes) provided by Washington Service Corps
  • Health insurance provided by Washington Service Corps which meets the Minimal Essential Coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Segal Americorps Education Award provided by the National Service Trust upon successful completion of the 10.5 month term of service and 1,700 hours. In 2015, this amount was approximately $5,700 (reflects the amount of a Pell Grant annual maximum; will likely be similar for 2016).
  • Eligibility for student loan forbearance and potential interest accrual payment on qualifying loans
  • AmeriCorps members automatically are eligible to use EBT food stamps to supplement food expenses (up to approximately $190/month).
  • UPass for unlimited rides on buses, commuter train service, and light rail


Inter­ested par­ties should complete the online application, sub­mit a pro­fes­sional resume and the con­tact infor­ma­tion for three pro­fes­sional ref­er­ences by 11:59PM (Pacific) on May 15th, 2016.

Ques­tions:  Email Shontia at

For more infor­ma­tion about the Pipeline Project and Wash­ing­ton Ser­vice Corps, visit:

Service is our way of life

To request dis­abil­ity accom­mo­da­tion in the appli­ca­tion process, con­tact the Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Office at 206.543.6450/206.543.6452.

The Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer com­mit­ted to build­ing a cul­tur­ally diverse, broadly trained fac­ulty and staff.  Women, minori­ties, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, and vet­er­ans are encour­aged to apply.  All new employ­ees must show employ­ment eli­gi­bil­ity ver­i­fi­ca­tion as required by the US Immi­gra­tion and Nat­u­ral­iza­tion Service.

AmeriCorps and Interns

March Spotlight: Donna Guise



This month’s spotlight will be on Donna Guise, the volunteer coordinator at Sand Point Elementary. Donna is also the Title One Intervention Specialist and loves both the community and difference she makes in children at the end of the day. Pipeline is proud to work with Donna because of how responsive and caring she is when it comes to placing and supporting our tutors.

EVOLVE: Celebration of Black History

Happy Black History Month! Check out the multiple opportunities all month long to get involved. From changes in campus menus, to educational sessions and showings of film, there will surely be something to suit your interests. This is an amazing opportunity to meet new people, learn, and have some thoughtful discussions!

Check out the Facebook page for more info:



World Hijab Day

On February 1st Pipeline Project participated in World Hijab Day! We want to thank United Muslim Relief UW for inviting us to experience wearing the Hijab and discussing the Women of Islam! We truly enjoyed the experience! Check out their Facebook page to learn more about what they do in the community and events that they have throughout the year:



Tutor Spotlight


Each month we would like to spotlight our wonderful tutors who dedicate their time into mentoring and supporting children in their academics.

This month we would like to spotlight Pipeline tutor Mandy Truong!
Mandy tutors at Rainier Beach high school and here’s what she has to say about being a tutor:

“The reason why I want to continue tutoring at Rainier Beach is because I want these students to have a consistent tutor. It’s important to not leave students that you have made connections and built trust with in the middle of the school year because this is the peak of when students are more willing to learn from you. I love being around the students there because they are so driven and so passionate to move past the reputation that is drawn to their school and their neighborhood. They are my calling to become a teacher!”

Thank you Mandy for your commitment and time being a tutor. We are glad to have you be a part of the Pipeline community!

Meet our 2015–2016 Pipeline Intern Member: Marisa!

Name: Marisa Leong

Major: Intended Business

What I enjoy about Pipeline: I love to work with kids and Pipeline provides me with the opportunity to tutor kids in Seattle Public Schools, which is awesome! I also like how I got to improve myself in different areas when I am tutoring the others.

Meet our 2015–2016 Pipeline Intern Member: Allan!

Name: Allan Torres Camba

Major: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

What I enjoy about Pipeline: I enjoy meeting new people and making a difference. I like meeting new people and building friendships across different cultures and backgrounds. I believe that there’s no better way to learn about the many great and wonderful things in life than from good friends. Through this, I could also make a good difference in the lives of those I lead and teach in a more cosmopolitan way by loving people from diverse countries and cultures.

Meet our 2015–2016 Pipeline Intern Member: Vanessa!

Name: Vanessa Nourozi

Major: Communications and Comparative History of Ideas

What I enjoy about Pipeline: I initially heard about Pipeline through friends who had previously volunteered. I had heard so many wonderful things about it. In the past I have worked with various programs mentoring and tutoring kids and teens, and it’s always has been a great and rewarding experience for me. Although I am not a tutor yet, but I do want to become one with Pipeline. I love Pipeline because it focuses on the high need schools; schools that may not always have the resources, or enough help. I like how flexible it is as well with the students schedules so they can be able to tutor these kids. It’s a very positive, community based, and encouraging program for the kids and the tutors.

Meet our 2015–2016 Pipeline Intern Member: David!

Name: David Chen

Major: Early Childhood & Family Studies.

What I enjoy about Pipeline: One thing I love about Pipeline is how much they do not just for the UW community, but also for the greater Seattle community as well! I am proud to be a part of a team that helps bridge the socioeconomic gap we see in public education today.

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